BTW Articles

02 Jul

Editorials Call for Sales Tax Fairness

As the July 1 deadline for Amazon to begin collecting sales tax in Texas approached, a number of newspapers across the country published editorials declaring that the time had come for sales tax fairness.

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17 Oct

E-Book Customers Directed to Settlement Website to File Claims

Under the terms of e-book pricing settlements between 49 states and Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster preliminarily approved by a federal court in September, consumers are being informed of their right to claim a portion of the $69 million in settlements.

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25 Apr

ABA Submits Testimony to Senate Finance Committee

This week, ABA submitted written testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance in support of the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832), legislation that would give states the right to require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax in the state, if they choose to do so.

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12 Jul

Push to Pass Federal Sales Tax Fairness Legislation Heats Up

With a House hearing on the Marketplace Equity Act less than two weeks away, booksellers are urged to contact their representatives to ask for their support of the sales tax fairness bill.

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18 Oct

Majority of Plaintiffs Oppose Swipe Fee Settlement

Late last week, 10 of the 19 named class plaintiffs representing the class of all merchants announced their opposition to the proposed $7.25 billion settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit over skyrocketing Visa and MasterCard credit card swipe fees.

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26 Apr

Judge Strikes Down Affiliate Nexus Law in Illinois

In a blow to Illinois’ Main Street retailers, Cook County Circuit Judge Robert Lopez Cepero ruled Wednesday that a law requiring remote retailers with a broad network of online affiliates acting as sales agents in the state to collect and remit sales tax was unconstitutional.

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18 Jul

Booksellers Urged to Act in Support of Marketplace Equity Act

On Tuesday, July 24, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the Marketplace Equity Act (H.R. 3179). Booksellers are urged to contact their representatives to voice support for the e-fairness bill.

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25 Oct

Four New Economic Studies Find Indies Have a Bigger Impact

Recently released studies focusing on the economic impact of indies in four different areas of the country have reached the same conclusion: Independent businesses return far more of their revenue to their local communities than do chains.

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03 May

Nevada Extends Amazon’s Sales Tax Advantage

Last week, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) announced the state had worked out a deal with Amazon.com that would continue the online retailer’s sales tax advantage over Main Street businesses for another two years.

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25 Jul

House Judiciary Hears Testimony on Marketplace Equity Act

On Tuesday, July 24, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary held a full committee hearing on the Marketplace Equity Act (H.R. 3179), which seeks to level the playing field in regard to the equitable collection of sales tax for online purchases.

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